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How to fry potstickers without burning the bottoms?

not really... I think most "authentic" japanese places tend to pan fry where you get that lovely crisp brown bottom and they all sort of stick together. The deep fried ones tend to be from the places targeting a less japanese clientele in my experience.

2 days ago
FattyDumplin in Home Cooking

Salmon banana

totally agree on the taste... Now that i've been living on wild king for 4 years, I cant stand atlantic because its way to strong. interestingly, while i like the texture of king, my wife thinks its too "mushy". i think somehow the fat is more evenly distributed than the atlantic farmed and so its almost impossible to overcook, wehreas you can easily overcook the farmed stuff.

2 days ago
FattyDumplin in Home Cooking

85 Degrees C (85C) Bakery Taiwanese chain coming to Bay Area (potentially Newark / Union City / Fremont)

I can't quite place the taste as "plastic", but there is something that is offputting if you stop to savor the pastries a bit. They are very fragrant, but I have the same issue you do as an aftertaste. Compared to Paris Baguette, which for the most part does different style (more croissant dough based), but i've never had that after taste you talk about.

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

So interesting reading this thread. I'm about a 99 / 100 in terms of impatience. I honk the horn at lights. Slow people at work piss me off. Yet, for some reason, in grocery stores, I don't really seem to mind. Maybe it's because I enjoy browsing the samples, finding new things and just taking the time to break away from my blackberry for 20 - 30 minutes when I do it. But, yeah, even in the checkout line, i'm prone to browse whatever stupid magazine is there so i don't get too worked up if someone is slow. To each his own, but for me, shopping is a respite from my everyday craziness so I try to enjoy it to the fullest.

Apr 17, 2015
FattyDumplin in Not About Food
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Salmon banana

My kids, for some reason, love salmon. Perhaps its because we typically get local cali king and that tends to be less "salmon-y" but that said, they ravage the salmon belly which gets rather odorous for my taste.

I usually put on a japanese style marinade... soy sauce paste, garlic, ginger, green onion, white pepper, mirin and then dash with sesame seeds before roasting / grilling.

Apr 17, 2015
FattyDumplin in Home Cooking
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Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Am I allowed to use the express line with > 12 items if my kids are waiting in the car? It's hot in the car, so I can only choose to do one or the other: use the right checkout line or put the cart back in the rack. Sometimes I do neither though when its especially hot.

La Boulange at Starbucks

Not true... I've asked for and received their pastries unheated. They are fully cooked. And suck. But I never thought La Boulange was any great shakes before Starbucks acquired them a couple years back. Never understood why the lines were so long because the pastries and breads were terrible.

Apr 02, 2015
FattyDumplin in Chains

Anyone else have an odd craving for bananas today? Just curious.

Could you tell us a bit more about what exactly you like in a banana? There are lots of bananas in NYC and if you could further elaborate, I'm sure we could better guide you. Also, please check the banana board. Have you tried using the search function for bananas vendors?

Returning to a "never again" restaurant (in my case EMP)

I'd second that. Granted, I haven't been back to EMP in a number of years, but the one time I did, i didn't feel the food warranted a second trip. The service was also "eh", but I've never been one to dismiss a restaurant on the basis of service alone... otherwise, I'd have to drop half the Chinese eateries I frequent.

Mar 31, 2015
FattyDumplin in Manhattan

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

Exactly! No compaints for me.

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

I thought I read somewhere that no one has really figured out how to deal with the waste product that is generated from desalination. Not 100%, but have wondered as well.

Mar 30, 2015
FattyDumplin in General Topics

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

wait, i'm confused. how am i supposed to interpret the frown emoticon? do i need to start a separate thread for that discussion?

edit: jrevidici much quick to the punch!

The Upper West Side

how are the steaks at fairway upstairs these days? used to be a great steak at a great price, but haven't been in 7+ years.

Mar 27, 2015
FattyDumplin in Manhattan
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The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

On Chowhound, I don't really read into too much of anything. I find that given how passionate the posters are about food, most are just trying to have a good conversation that can sometimes get heated. And to get too worked up about it just takes away from my overall experience. Sure, there are some who are pretty much always snarky / combative, but using a smiley or not wouldn't really change the way i read their post. Just like for the vast majority of posters, I know they generally mean well and so regardless of if their post comes off as snarky or not, I try to just focus on the message.

i've tried to be a better poster. i've had one blow up in the past with another poster and yeah, i know its an anonymous forum, but i didn't enjoy re-reading my post. it was inappropriate and i've tried to learn frmo that.

Your most cherished food memories...

So many memories... in chronological order...
- as 1 of 3 siblings, we used to stay at home during the day in the summer by ourselves starting when I was 10 and my youngest brother was 4. we'd scrounge the cushions, my parents' bedroom and random drawers for loose bills and when we had enough, we'd order dominos using some made up coupon to get a ridiculous deal. and yes, we'd typically stiff the driver on tip because we usually had barely enough cash. but damn, that pizza tasted good.
- waking up to the smell of frying bacon fat. my gramps used to fry bacon but then he'd fry slices of white bread in the residual grease. hmm, no wonder i used to be so rotund!
- making dumplings with my maternal grandmother... wrappers from scratch, had to stir the filling just so, man, i could eat 20 of those in a sitting
- walking the taiwanese markets with my paternal grandparents... just taking in the sights and smells of all these things i never saw in the U.S.
- fishing with my parents and cousin's family at some little creek in Jersey. all we ever caught were sunnies, but we'd catch like 50 of them and fry them up with nothing more than salt and pepper.
- crabbing with my siblings in the Chesapeake and bringing them home to steam and feast on... there was a time you coud buy bushels in Philly for ridiculously low prices, but at some point it got expensive and so we started going crabbing on our own. so many amazing summer days spent with my brother and sister on a pier or boat.
- during undergrad, the chili cheese dogs with coleslaw served out side the school medical center. damn good. although, i saw an incident (doctor running after woman diagnosed with HIV) that forever turned me away from medicine knowing i couldn't deliver that message.
- during undergrad again, od'ing on goldschlager and soco... still can't stand hte smell to this day. yikes, that's not a good memory.
- in DC, my roommate was French and when his buddies came to town, we'd whip up this ridulous amount of carbonara and grilled meats and drink pastis all night. many out of control nights of gluttony but so much fun which were never complete until we devolved into singing french drinking songs.
- in Italy with my wife, finding this random place in Sienna where they had a stuffed pizza and waiting for a hot corner slice with an amazing crust, gooey cheese and ham. and then as we worked our way down to the Amalfi, eating fresh lemon ice from a cart at the top of the walkway in Positano
- nowadays, pretty much anytime i introduce my kids to a new food that they love and seeing hte same joy that i remember as a child. can be as simple as mac and cheese for my youngest or sushi for my oldest, i just love seeing their faces
- for me, i have to say, i'm jaded these days. perhaps the only thing that moves me is eating transcendant sushi. although, i long for the days when my kids are old enough for us to stop vacationing at beachy places every time and freeing us up to go back to Asia or Europe and experience new things.

sorry for lng post. but i got started and couldn't stop. oddly enough, none with my parents... which as i think about it isn't surprising because they aren't really food lovers... eat to live and not live to eat types.

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

they just like to stay with the chinese basics in ARcadia... so a lot of Cafe Fusion, Bull Demon King, Newport, the Crab place, 101 Express, Indian Cafe, etc... not that i'm complaining, mind you as I love these places.

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

funny, i love pho. but my in-laws refuse to eat it so i never get it in LA.

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

that's what Lau was referencing in a followup post... most people think about the brown / red version when you say Taiwanese beef noodle soup. But there is a version that is a much "whiter" broth. Almost clear that is less heavy on aromatics and more beefy. And then it sounded like this sounded like a hybrid of hte two.

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

yeah, agreed on the 2nd statement, but don't want to start a flame war :) especially dim sum which is one of my favorite aspects of chinese food. but yeah, i usually save my beef noodle soup cravings for LA where I go to Bull Demon King... although last time I was there the broth was way to salty and more one-note than I recall.

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

is it just me though or is that pretty expensive for a meal in taipei? Maybe its just inflation but i remmeber as a kid it would be a couple dollars to eat well. $7 is practically what i pay here.

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

Stop rubbing it in my face! The places on Eldridge, by comparison, are so much better than any of the places in Norcal that it makes me want to cry... All i want is a hot bowl of beef noodle soup and more often than not, i end up making my own from scratch.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

haha. such a stupid, childish joke, but just what i needed this morning!

Mar 25, 2015
FattyDumplin in Not About Food

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

oh hell, that just sealed the deal. when we moved from NYC to the Bay Area, we never guessed that the thing we would miss the most would be the lan zhou la mian places on Eldridge. but, sure enough, we've never found a place out here that does it. and our first meal when we finally went back to NYC as a family this Tgiving was Super Taste. And it was as good as we remembered. Definitely have to add this to my list next time we're in Taipei!

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Man, can't believe this thread is 400+ posts and still going strong... I have young kids. Raised them both in NYC and now in the Bay Area. Do I always put my cart away? I try to, but not always if it becomes too inconvenient. But I also don't expect others to be forgiving either, even if I do try to put it in a plcace that won't be an impediment for others. If you're not going to put your cart away, the onus shouldn't be on others to be accepting of your decision.

REgarding your other point... In NYC with two young kids and a double wide, you really do come to rely on the kindness of others to make it work. But for me, it was always much appreciated but not an expectation. Yes, common decency would dictate that you keep that door open for a split second longer, which I almost always do when kids are involved, but at the same time, there are days when I'm busy as hell and need to get somewhere fast. And no, I don't appreciate the glares from parents in those times when I don't hold the door for them.

FWIW, despite having two young kids, I am frequently annoyed by other kids (actually their parents). Why? Because somehow (not saying you're one of them), having kids seems to make people think they are granted some special privilege... can't tell you how many times you see kids running around like wild animals with parents watching and doing nothing, or parents lollygagging their way through a line or something or expecting to be treated preferentially because they have kids. Perhaps that's why there has been such a negative response on this thread.

My 2 cents.

Republique (A Photo Story)

wow. not many times these days where i see food pics that make me salivate... i feel i'm getting jaded with age. that said, i was salivating. that pie looked amazing and i love oro blanco, so that desert would be right up my alley!

Sliced Meat for Hot Pot in East Bay or SF?

agreed on Ranch... sliced way to thick. I looked at my old post and realize i didn't say that at the time. I also do go to Mitsuwa. THe beef is much more expensive, but similar to Nijiya, higher quality.

Sushi Sam's - My First Time, But Not My Last [San Mateo]

Agreed on the rice. I usually end up eating half of it. But damn, he had some seared Miyazaki beef from Kyushu that pretty much the best 6 bites of beef I've ever had.

Sushi Sam's - My First Time, But Not My Last [San Mateo]

I definitely agree with the Over seasoning comment. I would argue that it's a meaningful step above "neighborhood sushi restaurant" although it is clearly a big step below "destination sushi restaurant." A neighborhood sushi restaurant, to me, is a place that has a page full of special rolls, has the obligatory unagi, maguro, sake, etc. but lacks any real variety an experienced sushi eater would expect. But Sams, at least on the occasions I've been there, has always had a board full of pretty interesting fish. So from that perspective, it's more than neighborhood sushi. That said, where it falls down for me is the saucing / seasoning, which in some cases absolutely obliterates the fish.

Seeking non-beach vacation spot for family with pre-schoolers

Also, I'd definitely hit up Europe. The Euro has gotten crushed vs the US Dollar so your money will go a long way :)

Mar 18, 2015
FattyDumplin in Kosher

Seeking non-beach vacation spot for family with pre-schoolers

I just want to say I am so jealous that you're able to take your young kids on trips like you're suggesting! my sons are 4 and 7... they complain if a) it is not sports related or b) they aren't getting a treat. So, we've pushed back any such trips to Europe until theyve proven they can handle it, which sucks for me and my wife.

Mar 18, 2015
FattyDumplin in Kosher